The Treasury of Lives' dynamic map features places that are associated with people whose biographies have been published on the site. These include monasteries, temples, schools, manor houses and other features of cultural geography of the Buddhist world. As we publish more essays, we will add new places. The map is in continuous development with new components being planned, including refined search and filtering options, enhanced person-maps, and printable maps with user curated coordinates.
The Map Search feature is intended to be inclusive, aggregating both spelling and name variants, as well as Wylie, Tibetan and Chinese scripts. Not every place mentioned on the Treasury is as yet located on the map; the Treasury references many names of monasteries and towns, the coordinates for which we have not been able to find. If you have coordinates for any such places, or find errors in our current coordinates, please let us know. We welcome user contributions of historical information, alternate names, images or photographs. We are also happy to provide geodata to users for their own projects. If you need a static map, feel free to get in touch to see how we can help.
Tsering Wangyal Shawa, GIS Librarian at Princeton University, has been a generous advisor on this project; his Tibet Map remains an essential resource that provides comprehensive a index of townships and place names in English, Tibetan script, Wylie, Chinese and Pinyin. It is available for purchase here.
Static maps available for download (below) were created by Karl Ryavec. His Historical Atlas of Tibet is a field standard and an invaluable source for continued development of our map. Historical Atlas of Tibet
Andreas Gruschke's volumes on Kham and Amdo are valuable references for the locations and histories of the outer provinces:
Amdo 1: The Qinghai Parts of Amdo The Cultural Monuments of Tibet's Outer Provinces
Amdo 2: The Gansu and Sichuan Parts of Amdo The Cultural Monuments of Tibet's Outer Provinces
Kham 1: The TAR Part of Kham (Tibet Autonomous Region)
Kham 2: The Qinghai Part of Kham
The Footprint Guide to Tibet by Gyurme Dorje provides a wealth of information on places across the Tibetan plateau. The latest edition is bizarrely out of print, but can be purchased at numerous bookstores, such as Namse Bangdzo.
|Amdo||PDF (236KB)||| Print Ready PDF (19MB)|
|Kham||PDF (454KB)||| Print Ready PDF (35MB)|
|Ladakh||PDF (250KB)||| Print Ready PDF (11MB)|
|Ngari||PDF (318KB)||| Print Ready PDF (18MB)|
|U Tsang||PDF (593KB)||| Print Ready PDF (96MB)|
|Lhasa Sites||PDF (4MB)||| Print Ready PDF (35MB)|
|Tibetan Plateau||PDF (460KB)||| Print Ready PDF (45MB)|
The TBRC RID number refers to the unique ID assigned by the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center (TBRC.org) to each historical figure in their database of Tibetan literature.